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Sensitivity Paradox?

After I updated my twitter account that my throat was sore from hanging out a hookah spot, a friend asked me an very interesting question:

Hey Dhru, I saw your twitter update about your throat. Sorry to hear and hope you feel better! Do you find now that you are eating raw food that you are more sensitive to things in a bad way? Like, I don't smoke hookah, but if I go to a place that has hookah, it doesn't effect me. My throat is fine and besides the fact that my hair smells, everything else is okay. I like the idea of raw food, but do you find that it makes you TOO sensitive to things?

Yes, eating a raw food diet and detoxing your body will absolutely make you more sensitive to things. But here's what my friend was missing.

Most people don't realize that they actually feel like shit on a day-to-day basis. Most people think that "being healthy" simply means one isn't sick. But because they've never had a true taste health, they can't compare their shitty-ness to a standard. They can't feel how much energy their body wastes on digestion. They can't feel how tired they still are after 8 hours of sleep. And they definitely can't feel how dehydrated and over-worked their organs are.

So yes. I am super sensitive to things like second hand smoke, alcohol (raw wine too) and even negative energy. BUT, along with that sensitivity comes the power to feel soooo incredibly good every hour of every day.

The cleaner your body gets the more sensitive you become to internal and external environments. The more sensitive you become, the more likely it is that you'll have to continually increase your standards. Standards of where you spend time, who you hang out with and of course, what you eat.

My friend saw this as a paradox. I see it for what it really is, the blessing of true health.

Just think, people are walking around feeling like crap and because their body is so use to it they have no idea how much continual damage they are doing to their health. It isn't until you place yourself into a new environment that you can actually take a step back and gain perspective.

Is it tough work? Hell ya. But nobody said you can't enjoy the ride!



I fully agree! I am definitely more sensitive to different things like alcohol (raw wine even), olives from restaurants that aren't raw, eating anything with too much salt (again with the olives from restaurants), the smell of BBQed flesh, yuck.

But I am thankful for knowing how it feels to be healthy, vibrant and full of energy. It's also amazing to see how quickly my body can adjust to different situations: if I eat crap, I feel like crap, if I eat raw, I feel like light and love in human form. Woo!

Thanks for posting this, it really needs to be addressed. I know a lot of women who don't want to eat raw because it will make them too sensitive and they won't be able to enjoy a pizza now & then, or to lose so much weight they might have "extra skin"... excuses excuses. Just do it! :)



People look at us like we don't have any fun anymore, just because we don't go out to the bars/clubs/restaurants. What they fail to see is how vibrant everyday life has become. It's also amazing how many interests you find that you have after unplugging from TV, the old social scene, and cooked food. It's like a whole new world of 'you' is opened up.

When I first started discovering Raw I was once asked "Aren't you afraid of becoming too healthy?"



Bring on the Sensitivity!
I love being able to fully experience every intricate stimulation, I feel like a little kid discovering the world for the first time.


Well said Vince!


right on! i've been totally fielding this question from friends lately. . .and have been giving the same response pretty much verbateum. . .
enlightened minds muse alike?!?


Yeah, I spent alot of my early adulthood not realising that there was a different way of being. The way I felt was just the way I felt, it wasn't until I gave up my unhealthy habits that I realised that I always felt like crap, but didn't know it because I never felt really good!! Now, I definitely know when I've done something out of the norm, I get hungover from it!


I agree too...not surprising eh?

I knew I was doing a whole lot of damage to my body but I didn't know just how much until I went Raw. I now see that the way I was eating was responsible for my palid complexion and inability to climb the stairs without stopping for a breather...I would have never guessed this before embarking on my raw journey.

I'm quite new to this and still do occasionally eat cooked food but everyday is better for me because I have taken control...that can be no bad thing and I feel sorry for those people who haven't yet realised the benefits of a raw food diet.


One night at a wedding, whilst I was throwing up for hours after drinking 2 glasses of wine, my friend said to me
"It's all very good being all pure and clean but if you can't enjoy yourself now and then what is the point?"
I just didn't know what to say to her, I just thought, duh! how come you don't get it?


Reminds me of last week when a coworker,
(meat eater).. Says to me as she is EATING
at Piece of FRIED CHICKEN,

"Becky, what about my skin, its so awful
and I don't know what to do about it!!?"

What could I say?

Some people just can't or won't make the connection!!


Every now and again I'll have a cooked meal, like a week ago I had some tofu and veggies at the thai place around the corner from my apt, and it hurt like hell.

Kristen Suzanne

My social life has changed dramatically since going Raw (a result of being physically sensitive and just having a different mindset now). You're right, I'm not out at bars/clubs which is why we need more AWESOME RAW RESTAURANTS like PURE F&W to hang out at and enjoy. We need those around the country please! Can you put one in Scottsdale, AZ???

While it's great going to my computer to meet and discuss these topics with like-minded people, I'd love to be in a great Raw cafe or restaurant with all of you even more!

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